[Robin Limb] Innovation, entrepreneurship and technology have important roles to play in feeding the world’s growing population.
[Robin Limb] The oil giants have never truly engaged with the concept of renewable energy, mainly because it is tiresome, high cost, and fraught with issues surrounding government support and legislation. To this day, it remains more expeditious and economic to simply keep pumping the 'black stuff' [read oil] out of the ground. The whole oil supply chain is geared to fossil fuels, and although it is technically possible to include bio-fuels such as ethanol and diesel at low levels, the economics are unexciting and uncertain.
[Robin Limb] Although the global population is forecast to hit 9.4 billion by 2050 compared to just 7.2 billion today, the stark reality is: without the promised food supply productivity, the world's population will never approach 9.4 plus billion people, because there simply will not be enough food to go around.
[Robin Limb] Without wanting to recycle the endless justifications for sugar's role in our diet, it is worth remembering its contribution to the food chain.
[Robin Limb] Food production is a unique industry - without it, nothing else happens. Unfortunately, it has also become a highly politicized industry, with stakeholders of all colors and creeds rushing to join the party. It is no longer just about putting food on your plate: it involves multinational giants, NGO's, governmental organizations, and many others besides, all with their own agenda to peddle.
[Robin Limb] One by one, there are more and more reputable scientists and commentators coming off the fence and admitting that there is no real, peer-reviewed, evidence that man-made global warming is to blame for the natural weather events that we observe on a daily basis.